With one more hurdle to clear, Northern Illinois remains in the top 15.
The Huskies remained the No. 14 team in the country when the latest batch of BCS standings were released Sunday night.
NIU has one game left: the MAC Championship Game against Bowling Green on Friday night. A win keeps the Huskies undefeated and would figure to get them a spot in a BCS bowl game for the second straight season.
The Huskies got some help with their BCS hopes when Fresno State lost this past weekend, leaving Northern as the only undefeated team from a non-automatic-qualifying conference. And, following Alabama's loss to Auburn, the Huskies remain one of just three undefeated teams in the country. New No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State are the others.
Northern finished off a perfect regular season last week with a 33-14 win over Western Michigan. Quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for 321 yards and scored four total touchdowns in the win, as he continues to slowly boost his case for the Heisman Trophy.
NIU will meet the requirements to qualify for a BCS game: The Huskies have at least nine wins and rank in the top 18. All the factors seem to be in place, should Northern Illinois remain undefeated, for the Huskies to get to another BCS bowl game.